Author Results for Eric Grove

Book Review-‘ Silver State Dreadnought: The remarkable story of battleship ‘Nevada’’ by S. M. Younger

By Eric Grove

USS Nevada was one of the first of a new generation of American dreadnoughts. She and her half-sister Oklahoma pioneered ‘all or nothing’ protection and oil burning as designed. She had turbines, but the US Navy was still worried about potential range disadvantages of these power plants and thus made Oklahoma a reciprocating engined vessel, […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘Combat at Close Quarters: An illustrated history of the US Navy in the Vietnam War’ by Eric Grove

By Eric Grove

The Vietnam War is not normally seen as a maritime conflict. Yet it was in many ways. Not only was much of the air campaign against North Vietnam and the Communists in the south launched from aircraft carriers but there were huge efforts devoted to maritime interdiction operations, shore bombardment and a riverine campaign that […] Read More

Filed under: Location | Period | Post WW2 | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review -‘Progressives in Navy Blue: Maritime strategy, American empire and the transformation of US naval identity 1873–1998’ by Eric Grove

By Eric Grove

During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the United States navy was transformed. The ‘old navy’ of wooden cruisers devoted to constabulary duties and monitors to be mobilized for coast defence was transformed into a steel navy primarily organized for war. Its capabilities were demonstrated against Spain in 1898. This has traditionally been seen […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Other (Twentieth C) | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘US Naval Strategy and National Security: The Evolution of American Maritime Power’ by Eric Grove

By Eric Grove

Dr Sebastian Bruns is head of the Center for Maritime Strategy and Security at the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel. Together with the American Center for Naval Analyses he founded the annual Kiel International Seapower Symposium and associated workshop during Kiel Week in June and was co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of […] Read More

Filed under: Period | Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Naval Warfare: A global history’ by Eric Grove

By Eric Grove

I have to admit to have been putting off reading and reviewing this book; I am grateful to the reviews editor for his forbearance. The reason is that I know, like and admire Professor Jeremy Black of Exeter University, one of the most prolific serious historical authors in the world with more than a hundred […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2 | Post WW2 | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation | Navies | Submarines

Book Review-‘Seaforth World Naval Review 2020’ by C. Waters (ed.)

By Eric Grove

For over ten years Seaforth, the thriving maritime dimension of Pen and Sword of Barnsley, have published an annual review of naval developments. This is the latest edition published at the end of 2019. The book begins with an editor’s introduction, followed by regional reviews, of, respectively, North and South America; Asia and the Pacific; […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Seven at Santa Cruz’ by T. Edwards

By Eric Grove

A book with the subtitle ‘The Life of Fighter Ace Stanley ‘Swede’ Vejtasa’ might seem an odd one for The Mariner’s Mirror but nothing can be further from the truth. During the twentieth century, the air dimension of maritime operations grew to be of central importance. Understanding the aviation dimension has become key to researching […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Naval Aviation

Book Review-‘After Jutland: The naval war in northern European waters June 1916–November 1918’ by J. Goldrick

By Eric Grove

Rear-Admiral James Goldrick combines enormous experience as a serving officer at sea and ashore with a well-earned reputation as a first-rate naval historian. Recently he rewrote one of his early works, The Kings Ships Were at Sea, as a more comprehensive and deeply and maturely analysed Before Jutland covering naval operations in northern European waters, […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘Seapower States: Maritime culture, continentalempires and the conflict that made the modernworld’ by A. Lambert

By Eric Grove

This is Andrew Lambert’s most ambitious book. In it he sets out an interesting and original thesis that ‘seapower states’ have been the result of the ambitions of an oligarchic elite, based on maritime commerce and the revenues obtained therefrom. In such powers commercial classes are given significant power and naval power is given priority […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘To Crown the Waves: The great navies of the First World War’ by Vincent P. O’Hara, W. David Dickson and Richard Worth (eds)

By Eric Grove

The editors of a previous volume published in 2010 on the major navies of the Second World War entitled On Seas Contested have now produced a similar volume on First World War navies. The book consists of seven major chapters, on the Austro-Hungarian, French, German, British, Italian, Russian and United States navies. A final chapter […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘British Aircraft Carriers: Design, development and service histories’ by D. Hobbs

By Eric Grove

Commander David Hobbs is a very well known expert on naval aviation, being a distinguished practitioner in the field as well as an author of well-regarded and important books and articles on the subject. He is also a former curator of the Fleet Air Arm Museum and has been a prominent member of the Society […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Naval Aviation | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review-‘Red Star Over the Pacific: China’s rise and the challenge to US maritime strategy’ by T. Yoshihara and J. R. Holmes

By Eric Grove

Dr Toshio Yushihara has had posts at the Naval War College at Newport Rhode Island and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is now a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington dc think tank. James R. Holmes, ex-US Naval officer, another PhD from Tufts and former […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet: From mutiny to Scapa Flow’ by N. Jellico

By Eric Grove

Nicholas Jellicoe is the grandson of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Jellicoe. Over the last few years he has thrown himself with great enthusiasm into the naval history of the First World War and his grandfather’s major role in it. I met him in Blackpool eight years ago to give him advice on launching his […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review – ‘Joe Rochefort’s War: The odyssey of the codebreaker who outwitted Yamamoto at Midway’ by Elliot Carlson

By Eric Grove

The large number of people who have seen the feature film ‘Battle of Midway’ will no doubt remember the rather eccentric US Naval intelligence chief at Hawaii, Joe Rochefort. Clearly an eccentric, but having the trust of the US naval command, he was able to say where the Japanese attack would fall. This laid the […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery’ by Eric Grove

By Eric Grove

Seaforth and Norman Friedman have together once more produced a highly significant contribution to the technical history of twentieth-century naval warfare. This book complements Friedman’s study of surface gunnery with an analysis of anti-aircraft gunnery and its related fire control systems. As usual, the study is a comprehensive account of how technology related to policy […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Naval Aviation | Navies | Weapons

Book Review – ‘Battle of Dogger Bank: The first Dreadnought engagement, January 1915’ by Eric Grove

By Eric Grove

Dogger Bank was the first engagement between capital ships of the Dreadnought generation. It was fought in the North Sea in January 1915, between Rear-Admiral Hipper’s Erste Auklarungsabteilung and Vice Admiral Beatty’s Battle Cruiser Fleet, both the vanguards of their respective battle fleets. The Germans were out to deal with North Sea trawlermen whom they […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Note: ‘The Battle of the Atlantic’: A legend deconstructed

By Eric Grove

The ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ is a powerful legend. Throughout the war, it is said, a ‘battle’ raged as the Germans mounted a near decisive attack on the shipping that lay at the heart of the Allied war effort. The U-boat was the chief instrument. Convoys were consistently attacked with heavy losses inflicted by U-boat […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Submarines

The Jutland Paradox: A keynote address

By Eric Grove

The battle of Jutland was a paradox, a massive naval engagement with little result. Thousands of men were lost in an indecisive clash that settled nothing. This account sets out its author’s interpretation of the battle. Key reasons for the battle being indecisive were the contrasting characters of the British Grand Fleet’s commanders. Admiral Jellicoe, […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

The Society Lecture 2006: The Battleship is Dead, Long Live the Battleship! H.M.S. Dreadnaught and the Limits of Technological Innovation

By Eric Grove

  HMS Dreadnaught, laid down on 2 October 1905, was the first armoured ship with an all-big gun armament.   She was the logical outcome of many years of steady development in ship and engine design, hastened by rapid development in gunnery and fired by the drive and imagination of Admiral Sir John Fisher, the First […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Obituary: David Lyon

By Eric Grove

A brief account of the support given any serious researcher in his field by David Lyon, curator of ships’ plans at the National Maritime Museum. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography